Lee Ka-man put the smiles back on the faces of the Hong Kong rowing team when she won a silver medal in the women's lightweight single sculls on her debut appearance at the Asian Games. Rowing, which had been expected to win a couple or more medals at these games, had to wait until the final day for salvation. And it came from 20-year-old Lee, who was delighted with her effort, finishing just two seconds behind China's world champion Xu Dongxiang. 'I never thought I could have come second because the competition is of a very high level. It was very hard, but I stuck it out. It feels great to win a medal,' said Lee, who finished the 1,000-metre course in four minutes and 12.90 seconds. China's Xu, 23, pressed her claims towards being one of the top rowers in Asia when she sped to gold in 4:10.28. Thailand's Phuttharaksa Nikree won the bronze. She was almost nine seconds behind Lee. The Hong Kong camp had to go through some anxious moments before the race when it was discovered that the rig of Lee's boat had been loosened. 'The rig of the boat was unscrewed by someone before the start of the race and it created a moment of panic, but luckily we had it fixed in time, and Lee stayed terribly calm and focused,' said Chris Perry, Hong Kong coach. 'The winner is the world champion from China, and it was a competitive race for Lee as she has only just turned 20 and she deserved it. 'It is a brilliant start for her career. She has been the Asian junior champion, and also made it into the final of the world junior championships. 'This is her first breakthrough in a senior event and it is important as we are approaching the Olym- pic Games,' added the overjoyed Perry.